May 31, 2006 Subject:
The Old Familiar Faces
A movie about Leonid Brezhnev, with many interesting film clips from the past showing heavy industry, places, wars, Jurij Gagarin and other heroes of the Soviet union. The chairmen smile. Leaders from the People's Republics and other friends come to Moscow: Erich Honecker, Nicolae Ceausescu and others, but not Alexander Dubcek. Urho Kekkonen comes by train, as he always did, and Brezhnev is waiting at the station. Conferences are held with Western leaders like Willy Brandt, Harold Wilson and Gerald Ford. Brezhnev visits France and Cuba. What's not there is interesting as well. No parades on the Red Square, not a glimpse of Josef Stalin, or Nikita Khrushchev. And you never hear the Soviet hymn, that was so frequently heard during the Olympics those days.
This is a great film. I guess it was made after Brezhnev's death in 1982. It's obviously intended for friends of the Soviet Union, the Communist parties around the world. Apparantly there were versions in different languages, since this copy is in Spanish.
December 4, 2003 Subject:
Review for Russian Film Narrated in Spanish Written in English
This Russian documentary on the life of Soviet premiere Leonid Brezhnev is narrated entirely in Spanish. Why is hard to say, unless perhaps it was meant for Cuban audiences. There is a brief moment where Brezhnev talks to Castro, but itÂs not any longer than the brief moment he talks to Gerald Ford, and the film was obviously not made for American audiences. At any rate, if you donÂt speak Spanish, itÂs pretty confusing, though certain things are pretty obvious, such as that Brezhnev was a Âman of the people,Â that he liked to mingle with crowds, that lots of old babushka ladies liked him, that he met with lots of foreign dignitaries, and that there was a pretty big war in the Soviet Union back in the 40s. Other than that, youÂre on your own. There is lots of historically interesting footage of Soviet life from the turn of the century to the 70s; it would be a lot more interesting if you could understand the narration, but there you are.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: **.
September 4, 2003 Subject:
Brezhnev era seguro un gran lÃder!
Proving that I am a glutton for punishment, I proceeded to watch "Brezhnev" a documentary about the past Soviet leader. "But Spuzz!" You say, "that could be interesting!" Well fellow reader, it COULD be, but what makes this film difficult to watch is that this is a russian film, dubbed in um, SPANISH. So I didn't understand one word of it. Mind you, it's got some great stock images, of early russian space travel, important historical events, and earth shaking meetings between him and Gerald Ford, along with a lot of (probably) stolen footage from Russian movies. But if you're NOT looking for that, then I'd advise to stay away.
August 28, 2003 Subject: